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It's not business as usual people!
January 26, 2009 - John Stack
I guess everyone hasn’t got the memo. Things are not as they have always been. Pointless populism and ideological adherence isn’t what is going to get matters done these days. At the top, Obama is forging a moderate center left position, infuriating the far left, but drawing in allies that were heretofore enemies. At the state level,
As a small potato, The National Organization for Women expressed their disappointment that their pick, Carolyn Maloney, a liberal from Manhattan/Queens wasn’t picked. They did say they were glad the governor picked a woman though. Wow NOW! What an endorsement! Why doesn’t NOW endorse upstate strong women who aren’t liberal in all of their positions? Maybe it should be NOWL – National Organization for Women Liberals. With friends like these, Gillibrand doesn’t need enemies!
How about Republican US Rep Peter King? Trying to make political hay over the Gillibrand choice. He wants an investigation into how
Rep Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) also says she will mount a challenge herself against Gillibrand, or find someone who can. Why? Because Gillibrand isn’t qualified? Because she isn’t liberal enough? Because she has serious skeletons in her closet? No, she wants to unseat her because of only her position on gun control. Yeah, running on that one sided topic will win you all of upstate!
Finally, assistant professor of Poli-sci at UDenver, Seth Maskey seems to think the Gillibrand pick was ‘pretty odd’. He goes on to say ‘Gillibrand seems fine for her district, but this is a state where liberals can actually win statewide’. What an obnoxious statement! Understandably,
No, Gillibrand was picked because she was the best candidate for the job. Period. Not because of firebrand ideology or ‘name recognition’ or ‘time in position’. Pure talent and competence. What a concept, eh?
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